The art of Jeff Ferst
“Color possesses me. I don’t have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter.” – Paul Klee
I am a Tucson artist who paints contemporary landscape paintings of vibrant colors and heavy impasto paint. And I also create one of a kind ceramic platters and objects d’art.
My artwork (paintings & ceramics) have been called colorful, joyful, juicy, and life affirming. And they are energetic and celebratory, tactile and visual, grounded in reality and musical in feeling. The desert landscape I call home is my muse. I find abundant energy and subject matter in the flora and fauna. And I integrate that positive energy, light and abundant colour into my work.
All my life I have had a passion to create. I remember as a child drawing and taking classes at the Art Students League in NYC. My parents encouraged my artistic interest enabling me to study fine arts at NYU where I received my first representation at the 8th Street Gallery in Greenwich Village.
Over the years I have exhibited at Art Expo in NY, Scope Miami, and have participated in many group and solo shows across the US, Canada and overseas.
Recently my art work was singled out by the US State Department for its “musicality” in lightening up the residence of the US Ambassador to Dushanbe’s residence “in a truly unexpected way”. The ambassador called the painting “Fantasia” “The flagship piece of the exhibit.” This is quite a statement when you consider the exhibit includes works by artists such as Johns, Rauschenberg and Indiana. Another painting is currently on display with the US State Department in the US Embassy in Windhoek, Namibia.
I am a member of The Association of Interior Designers, National Oil Painters Association, Canadian Artists Federation (CARFAC), Federation of Canadian Artists and Society of Canadian Artists.
Watch this video of me describing my artwork and painting process.